Progress California

Addressing the challenges of obesity and
chronic associated diseases such as Diabetes.

Fact 1

Today, 1 in 3 children and adolescents, ages 2-19, are overweight or obese - triple the rate from just one generation ago.

Fact 2

Higher rates of overweight and obesity have occurred over the last few decades among Latino, Black, and American Indian children.

Fact 3

4% of elementary schools, 8% of middle schools, and 2% of high schools provide daily physical education or its equivalent.

A Message From Senator Hall

The prevalence of obesity in children has grown dramatically and has become a leading cause of chronic diseases such as diabetes.

Please join me in the effort to address this challenge.

Isadore Hall, III
California Senator, 35th District

Problem Statement

Fact: The prevalence of overweight and obesity has reached epidemic proportions; 85% of diabetes cases are associated with an unhealthy lifestyle and obesity.

The Consequences: Overweight and obese children and adults are at significantly greater risk for such chronic diseases as diabetes and heart disease then those persons who are at a healthier weight.

The Causes … and What We Can Do: One major reason is due to the nature of our eating habits. A 2nd challenge is that of inactivity. More emphasis must be placed upon active endeavors such as exercise and less emphasis on inactive endeavors such as watching television.

Here is what you can do, beginning TODAY!

  • Healthy 1 - Fruit

    Healthy 1 - Fruit

  • Active 1 - Bike

    Active 1 - Bike

  • Avoid 1 - Cake

    Avoid 1 - Cake

  • Healthy 1 - Cereal

    Healthy 1 - Cereal

  • Active 1 - Soccer

    Active 1 - Soccer

  • Avoid 1 - Donuts

    Avoid 1 - Donuts

  • Healthy 1 - Juice

    Healthy 1 - Juice

  • Active 1 - Running

    Active 1 - Running

  • Avoid 1 - Pizza

    Avoid 1 - Pizza

  • Avoid 1 - Burger

    Avoid 1 - Burger

  • Active 4 - Tug-o-War

    Active 4 - Tug-o-War

  • Healthy 1 - Salmon

    Healthy 1 - Salmon

Resources (for Parents and Teachers)

Click on a logo below to learn more about childhood obesity.


Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese.
The numbers are even higher in African American and Hispanic communities, where nearly 40% of the children are overweight or obese.
There is no single reason for the rise in childhood overweight, but there are a number of contributing factors:

Television and Media

Screen time is a major factor contributing to childhood obesity. It takes away from the time children spend being physically active, leads to increased snacking in front of the TV, and influences children with advertisements for unhealthy foods

Marketing of Unhealthy Foods

Foods high in calories, sugars, salt, and fat, and low in nutrients are advertised and marketed extensively toward children and adolescents, while advertising for healthier foods is almost nonexistent in comparison.

Consumption of Sugary Beverages

Sugar drinks are the largest source of added sugar in the diets of children and adolescents. Increasing consumption of these high caloric beverages that offer little or no nutrients is associated with the increasing rates of childhood obesity.

Limited Access Healthy Foods

Some people have less access to stores and supermarkets that sell healthy, affordable food such as fruits and vegetables, especially in rural, low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. Choosing healthy foods is difficult for parents who live in areas with an overabundance of unhealthy options like convenience stores and fast food restaurants.

Lack of Daily Physical Activity

Most adolescents fall short of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommendation of at least 60 minutes of aerobic physical activity each day. Only 18% of students in grades 9—12 met this recommendation in 2007. Daily, quality physical education in school can help students meet the guidelines, however, in 2009 only 33% had access to and attended daily physical education classes.

Increased Portion Sizes

Portion sizes of less healthy foods and beverages have increased over time in restaurants, grocery stores, and vending machines. Research shows that children eat more without realizing it if they are served larger portions. This means they are consuming a lot of extra calories, especially when eating high-calorie foods.

Contact Address

Progress California

249 E. Ocean Blvd. Suite 685

Long Beach, CA 90802

Phone: 310-223-3193

Fax: 310-223-3903


Healthy Families Update

Turkey Giveaway is on "first come, first serve basis."
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
9:30 AM until 1:00 PM
(tentative date)

Help Fight Child Obesity

Getting kids to eat the fiber they need can be a challenge. Watch this video of Shirley Blakely and a group of hungry kids preparing good-tasting high fiber foods.

About Progress California

Obesity and the chronic associated diseases is one of the most significant medical challenges facing us today. One of the groups most affected by this challenge is children.

This will not only continue in the future, its impact will only magnify, if we don’t begin to take swift, immediate action. This is why Progress California was initiated.